Water Conservation Tips

Outdoor Water Saving Tips


  • Repair all leaks in irrigation systems immediately.
  • Use the most water efficient irrigation, including drip irrigation when appropriate.
  • Aerate your lawn to reduce runoff of water. Most soils in the Santa Clarita Valley are clay, which means it takes a long time to absorb water. Aeration can be a major help to clay soil.
  • Adjust your sprinklers to water between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. when evaporation rates and winds are the least. This assures that the water that you intend for irrigation is used by the plants.
  • Install a weather-based irrigation controller. Register for our weather-based irrigation controller class at conservation.clwa.org, and get a voucher for a free controller to install at your property.

Plants and Natural Materials

  • Choose drought-tolerant vegetation to minimize the need for irrigation.
  • Group plants and trees with similar water needs together for most efficient irrigation.
  • Replace your turf with Santa Clarita-friendly plants. Stop by CLWA to pick up a copy of our Thrifty 30 – Top Plants for the SCV.
  • Mulch around your shrubs and garden plants. Mulching adds organic material to the soil as the mulch breaks down, and it lessens evaporation.


  • Use pool and spa safety covers or evaporation-reducing water treatments, if safe and appropriate for the situation, to help minimize water loss due to evaporation.
  • Pool and spa chemistry should be balanced and maintained. Filling and emptying of pools and spas are prohibited unless necessary to prevent or mitigate a safety hazard. Water levels may be maintained.
Indoor Water Saving Tips

Water Conservation


  • Repair all leaks in faucets, toilets and indoor pipes immediately. To test for leaks, read your water meter, write down the number, and then wait two hours during a period when no water is used. The number on the meter should not have changed. If it has moved substantially, you have a leak.


  • Install high-efficiency toilets in your home.
  • Use low-flow showerheads. They may be available for free from your water retailer – be sure to check!


  • Install water-efficient Energy Star approved appliances, including clothes washers and dishwashers.
  • Wash only full loads in the dishwasher. Although dishwashers on their own use an average of only 12 gallons per use, running multiple loads per day that are half-full will quickly add up.
  • Wash only full loads in your washing machine. REbates for high-efficiency washing machines may be available through your gas company or hardware store. Shop around for the best price.

The SCV has a variety of water conservation rebates available to the community to help you. All SCV customers are encouraged to participate in these programs. Visit your local water retailers website or conservation.clwa.org for more information on the programs offered in your service area.